Oct/Nov 2016 Poetry Special Feature

A Taxonomy of Grief

by Aaron Bauer

Image courtesy of the British Library Online Photo Collection

A Taxonomy of Grief

An illusion of a circle remains where
the bridge covers water. There,
a mallard's chick rests on the back
of a Canada goose. Adoption is quite
common among waterfowl. Perhaps, this image
is broadcast, remains in the news circulation
for days until some imaginary circumstance
supplants it. Perhaps some immigrant
gets a screed on how not to become a citizen
or some city forfeits its teachers pension
to loan sharks. Clarity remains
only as an implication, a classification
of imprisonment, a decision of clay
to eschew flesh to remain dirt and water.


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